General Information

Hill Country Transit District (HCTD) operates The HOP, a regional public transit system that started in the 1960’s as a volunteer transit service that has since grown to serve a nine-county area covering over 9,000 square miles. In the last decade, the system has experienced significant growth and consists of three divisions: the nine-county Rural Division, the Killeen Urban Division consisting of Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, and Killeen; and the Temple Urban Division consisting of Belton and Temple.

HCTD is governed by a Board of Directors that includes representation of each county served, and of each major city served. Planning and support also comes from the following:

HCTD encourages social service agencies and the general public to use the public transit system. To the maximum extent possible, HCTD, serving as the region’s existing transportation provider, works to meet transportation requirements through use of the public transit system in several ways.

This type of information is shared locally. Route and service plans are reviewed with several local area committees and network groups, with input used to maximize the efficiency of transit service.

Through cooperation and financial support of cities, businesses, Texas Department of Transportation, and the Federal Transit Administration, HCTD has more than 170 passenger shelters throughout the cities of Copperas Cove, Killeen, Harker Heights, Belton, and Temple. This means well over 30% of all fixed route bus stops have passenger shelters installed for attractiveness, ease of identifying bus stops, protection from the weather, and passenger comfort.

The HOP relies each operating year on funds that come from several sources, including:

In accordance with the regulations of the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 26, Hill Country Transit District (HCTD) has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program.

HCTD encourages DBEs and other small businesses to participate in HCTD contracting opportunities. HCTD structures contracting requirements to facilitate competition taking all reasonable steps to eliminate obstacles to DBE and other small business participation. Additionally, HCTD encourages prime contractors to mentor, collaborate with, and assist small businesses with compliance with contracting regulations.

If HCTD will meet the threshold of the award of prime contracts (excluding transit vehicle purchases) exceeding an aggregate of $250,000 in Federal funds per year from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), HCTD is required to develop a DBE Goal and submit it to the FTA. HCTD has notified the FTA that it reasonably anticipates that it will not meet the threshold in Federal Fiscal Years 2021 through 2023, and therefore, did not develop an overall DBE goal.

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